Sexual Mistreatment and its signs in Adults

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Have you ever experienced any of the following? As an adult,

• Little or no memory of childhood—age 3 to 12

• Trouble with relationships—on the job, in your family,

Healing the emotional wounds of physical or sexual abuse is possible. Talk therapy, antidepressants and/or antipsychotic drugs are inadequate to uncover the emotional pain, and heal the trauma trapped in muscles and tissue. To fully appreciate the depth of this pain, I will quote one of my clients, "Even my blood hurts." Most efficient way to recover from physical and sexual abuse is a multifaceted healing process, wherein the patient can reload their emotional, spiritual identity and empowerment.

• Low self-esteem,

• Panic attacks—mild to severe,

• Anxiety,

• Phobias,

• Depression,

• Inability to trust or trusting indiscriminately,

• alcohol/drug abuse,

• Obsessive compulsive behavior,

• Nightmares of being chased, trapped or surreal,

• Sensory flashes—unable to identify images,

• Insomnia,

• Suicidal thoughts or attempts,

• A sense of going crazy or feeling unreal compared to others

• Shame, guilt,

• Sense of underlying humiliation,

• Baseless crying,

• Angry outbursts/rage seemingly for no reason,

• Inability to recognize feelings,

• Mood swings,

• Emotional shut down,

• Numbing or zoning out,

• Arthritis/joint pain,

• Diagnosis of ADD or ADHD,

• Labeled an ‘airhead’

• Chronic/acute fear,

• Headaches/migraines,

• Eating disorders—anorexia, bulimia, obesity,

• PMS,

• Vaginismus,

• Gastrointestinal/gynecological disorders,

• Chronic fatigue,

• MS,

• Fibromyalgia,

• Lupus

• Chronic back pain—L3, L4 and/or L5 region

• Cancer—predominately—vaginal, cervical or ovarian in women; testicular, prostate in men; however cancer of any kind can be as a result of physical or sexual abuse. Cancer is anger/rage turned against the self.

• Prostitute/promiscuous sex,

• Inability to orgasm

• Dissociative Identity Disorder—MPD

• Self-injury—self-abuse, self-mutilation (cutting, burning, breaking bones, pinching skin, ingesting, injecting and inserting foreign materials, interfering with the healing process of wounds, punching, slapping, picking skin, pulling hair, bloodletting, tattooing, piercing

• Wearing baggy clothes or clothes a size or two sizes too large

• Aversion to opposite sex—including homosexuality/lesbian

• Use of pornography—print, video

• Enjoy peep shows, topless dancers,

• Become a porn star or pimp,

• Sex offenders—male and female

Suggested

Reading

:

• Heal Your Body, Louise L. Hay

• The Courage to Heal, Ellen Bass and Laura Davis

• Secret Survivors: Uncovering Incest and Its Aftereffects in Women, E. Sue Blume

• Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Was Sexually Abused as a Child Laura Davis

• Thou Shalt Not Be Aware: Society’s Betrayal of the Child, Alice Miller

• Breaking Down the Walls of Silence: The Liberating Experience of Facing Painful Truth Alice Miller

• The Untouched Key: Tracing Childhood Trauma in Creativity and Destructiveness Alice Miller, et al

• Banished Knowledge: Facing Childhood Injuries, Alice Miller

• Trauma, Amnesia and the Denial of Abuse, Robert Falconer, et al., eds.

• Victims No Longer: Men Recovering from Incest, Mike Lew

• Wounded Boys, Heroic Men: A Men’s Guide to Recovering from Child Abuse Daniel Sonkin

• Broken Boys/Mending Men: Recovery from Child Sexual Abuse, Stephen GrubmanBlack

• Female Sexual Abuse of Children, Michele Eliott, ed.

• The Last Secret: Daughters Sexually Abused by Mothers, Bobbie Rosencrans

If you have experienced one or more of these 'symptoms' you could be a physical or sexual abuse survivor.

Healing the emotional wounds of physical or sexual abuse is possible. Talk therapy, antidepressants and/or antipsychotic drugs are inadequate to uncover the emotional pain, and heal the trauma trapped in muscles and tissue. To fully appreciate the depth of this pain, I will quote one of my clients, "Even my blood hurts." Most efficient way to recover from physical and sexual abuse is a multifaceted healing process, wherein the patient can reload their emotional, spiritual identity and empowerment.

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